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Jan 13, 2013 12:16 PM

Honeymoon in Newport, Where Should We Eat?

My soon-to-be wife and I will be honeymooning in Newport, RI in March and I am looking for recommendations.

The White Horse Tavern is already on the list.

Was interested in the Spiced Pear, but after looking at yelp I'm not so sure...

And of course, I need to know where the best seafood restaurant is.


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  1. southern new england board covers RI, Conn, the Cape, and western ma.

      1. salvation cafe - creative menu, interesting/artistic decor, outdoor patio seating in back, and tiki bar.

        cafe zelda - had some of the best chowder of my life last time i ate there. great lunch spot.

        i'm drawing a blank on where else we ate last time we stayed down there besides rhumb line, which was good but not especially noteworthy imo.

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        1. re: wormwood

          Outdoor seating is not an option in March.

          For two special experiences we enjoyed the Chef's table at the Spiced Pear. The special feeling of having that table overlooking the kitchen and watching each delicious course being prepared was delightful. The food with wine paring was excellent and service outstanding. One of my top 10 meals ever. Castle Inn is an extremely beautiful spot and has a lovely room. Again service is excellent although one of our entrees was nothing special given the tariff. I would still recommend it, however, for a special lunch or dinner.

          Bring the wallet to both as neither is for the feint of heart.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy

            I was excited about Spiced Pear and then read a bunch of VERY negative yelp reviews that made me nervous... They complained about both the service and the quality of food, many people saying their food was under seasoned and relatively flavourless. Thoughts?

            1. re: Ryourido

              I did a quick read of the Yelp reviews which are all over the board from 1 star to 5 stars and everything in between. It seems that most of the bad reviews are either dated, or people expecting haute cuisine while ordering a burger at the outdoor patio. A few received poor service, which we decidedly did not. Keep in mind we booked the chef's table, so ours may have been a unique experience. But the food was perfectly prepared, had varied quality ingredients, and was certainly not "bland'. Also check out the Open Table reviews which seem more complimentary.

        2. Spiced Pear is excellent.
          TSK is excellent
          Mooring is very nice
          The upper seat restaurant at the Clark Cooke House is excellent
          Fluke is excellent
          Inn at Castle Hill is beautiful, excellent and romantic
          Restaurant Bouchard romantic
          Tallulah over priced
          Red Parrot tourist joint

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          1. re: Frank Terranova

            Would you say fluke is better than Mooring? Also, as I said above, I had been very excited about Spiced Pear until I saw their yelp reviews.... Any thoughts?

            1. re: Ryourido

              We dined, albeit a year ago, at the SP. It was excellent, and the service was gracious.

              1. re: Ryourido

                The ones I listed below are not in any type of order. Its my opinion but you asked so. Forget Yelp I did go there and dropped my log in its a joke when I need a laugh I read them when someone lists Burger King and a few more goofy sites its time to get off.

            2. Caste Hill, Bouchard, TSK are among my favorites. For seafood, try Scales and Shells.